As a revered Las Vegas maitre d', Emilio Muscelli seated thousands of locals and visitors at the Rat Pack's performances at the Sands in the early 1960s and to Elvis Presley's attendance-record-setting shows at the Las Vegas Hilton in the 1970s. But Muscelli saved the best table for himself - a front-row seat to some of the most enduring moments and colorful people in Las Vegas history. In addition to getting to know Frank Sinatra and Presley, Muscelli partied with billionaire Howard Hughes in the 1950s, long before Hughes became a recluse, and chauffeured Meyer Lansky when the mob boss came to town in the '60s to keep tabs on the mob's casino operations. Below, we have an interview with Emilio ... 'nothing can compare with Elvis ....
Muscelli, an Italian immigrant who worked 27 years as lead maitre d' at five major Las Vegas resorts, becoming as popular with some customers as the legendary acts that graced the showroom stages, died Tuesday of pneumonia at a Las Vegas hospital. He was 91. Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. May 3 at Palm Mortuary-Eastern. Viewing will be from 3 to 7 p.m. May 2, also at Palm Eastern.
Emilio Muscelli remembers Elvis Presley (2012) (1:29)
Las Vegas Hilton maitre d', Emilio Muscelli remembers Elvis Presley. We have a short excerpt first where Emilio talks about Elvis, followed by the full interview for those interested.
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